Quotations and sayings have been chosen from Gautama Buddha and other "buddhas"--masters of spirituality and inspiration, such as Milarepa, Longchenpa, his Holiness the 14th Dali Lama, Thich Nhat Hanh, and Sogyal Rinpoche, along with other "greats" including Cicero, Rumi, Lao Tzu, Mother Teresa, and Shakespeare.
A wonderful book to place on your office desk, coffee table, or bookshelf or by your bed, it is designed to provide daily comfort, wisdom, and spiritual nourishment.
The foundation of Zen is the practice of zazen, or mediation, and Aitken Roshi insists that everything flows from the center. He discusses correct breathing, posture, routine, teacher-student relations, and koan study, as well as common problems and milestones encountered in the process. Throughout the book the author returns to zazen, offering further advice and more advanced techniques. The orientation extends to various religious attitudes and includes detailed discussions of the Three Treasures and the Ten Precepts of Zen Buddhism.
Taking the Path of Zen will serve as orientation and guide for anyone who is drawn to the ways of Zen, from the simply curious to the serious Zen student.
Light Waves continues the themes of Morita and Naikan psychotherapy found in David Reynolds' highly popular Constructive Living (UH Press, 1984) and The Quiet Therapies: Japanese Pathways to Personal Growth (UH Press, 1980). A book of reflections--inspired in part by the Denkoroku, a work written by a Soto Zen monk--Light Waves will appeal to readers of any faith. It reiterates the spiritual importance of everyday life and encourages readers to experience whatever reality presents and do whatever needs to be done moment-by-moment. Thought-provoking puzzles, designed to fine tune the mind, appear throughout.
These letters convey the message that Gods thoughts toward you are loving, merciful, and kind. God is a good God who cares deeply about you. God wants you to know you are loved and adored beyond anything you could ever imagine. God lavishes love upon you and will love you to wholeness.
In this fast-paced world addicted to multitasking, you are encouraged to make room for God in the inn of your heart. Here the author describes her process of receiving and recording words from God and gives instructions to guide you in hearing the voice of God.
Through Love Letters from the Heart of God, you canknow God is wildly in love with you; experience Gods love in a refreshing, new way; be transformed by the power of Gods love for you; be encouraged to share the love of God; and receive fresh revelation about the true nature of God.
CHRIST IN YOU, THE HOPE OF GLORY Colossians 1: 27 (NIV)
The Bible states in the Scriptures that God has placed the Christ Spirit within each one of us. In John 14:20, Jesus says On that day you will realize that I am in the Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. Author Allen C. Liles, an ordained non-denominational minister, wants us to consider using the daily practice of meditation to help establish a direct link between us and the Divine.
Rev. Liles shares the wisdom, guidance, insight and support that he received from God and the Christ Spirit within us over a full year of sitting in the silence every morning. He claims no special relationship with God. Rev. Liles believes that each of us can access the Holy Presence by becoming open and receptive to sitting with God in meditation on a regular basis. His struggles during the year included the illness of his wife, retirement from a ministerial career, aging, caregiving, family issues with adult children, financial concerns, and finding the courage to take life one day at a time. No matter what your problems or concerns, Rev. Liless experiences in meditation offer hope for a happier, fulfilled and more peaceful life in a time of turmoil and change.
Church staff will identify with The Donut Theory, and church members will be entertained and enlightened.
Reverend Gerald W. Nelson, retired ELCA pastor
These folksy meditations (part narrative, part advice) express the messy mix of human and divine in the church administrative experience, by one whos been there.
Sara Dyrud Bryan, former church secretary and pastors wife
After reading The Donut Theory, I gave it to my church secretary. The next time I saw her, she said, I found myself laughing out loud many of the stories could have been written about my office!
Gwynne, Sun City, Arizona
Lindas meditations are rich in learning experiences and are reinforced by her faith and ability to find humor in any situation.
Shirley Cunningham, LCSWW,
spiritual director, and author of Chasing God
The Donut Theory is a compilation of Lindas first three books released in 2009, 2010, and 2012, under the title Incidents (and Inspiration) from the Church Office I, II, and III52 Meditations for Church Support Staff. Copies of all of Lindas books are available through her website: http://souly4youbylindagillis.com.
Participant will make explorers out of each of us and will prompt us to look differently at the familiar and the unknown. This is a call to be curious about the world and about God with the biblical text as a regular part of the conversation. I make no apology for talking about bears and bugs, about mountains and oceans, about soil and skies, about people and calendar in the same conversation with the biblical text the fact is, I can no longer stare into the sky or dig in the garden or talk to anyone without thinking about the text. And I can no longer read the text without thinking about places and situations and people that I will discover on any given day.
These colorful and lyrical field notes highlight mysteries that become tangled with ordinary experiences and take us into places dangerous and glorious while putting us in the company of wonder and causing us to say Wow.
Happy New You is needed in the days and times we are facing. In an age of political fights, a failing economy, and uncertainty, the need for a fresh devotional read is soothing and welcomed. Happy New You challenges spiritual growth in our daily struggles. Judy truly reflects the character of a servant, because she loves people and she writes to change lives. Let this 365-day devotional stir your spirit and occupy your heartbeat with adoration, anticipating time spent getting to know the Savior. In reading this devotion day to day, you will agree that the pages are filled with the Word of God, real-life revelations, dreams, and the wonder of the greatest gift of all, Jesus.
Ann Jolissaint, author of Refining Fire
In this inspirational collection of devotions, author Judy Davis creatively walks readers through the Scriptures. Judy relates how she has learned to continually trust the Lord through trials involving family tragedies, financial concerns, and in many other faith-building and spiritually enriching testimonials. Everyone is certain to be abundantly blessed throughout the year in meditating week to week on this treasure trove of lovely revelations!
Engrossing and incisive, Living as a River is at once an empowering guide and a meditative practice we can turn to again and again to overcome our fear of change and align joyfully with the natural unfolding of creation.
With his previous bestselling books, including Awakening the Buddha Within, American-born Tibetan Buddhist teacher Lama Surya Das has taught millions about the innate wakefulness and liberation that can be our natural ways of being. Now, with Natural Radiance, he offers his first complete daily practice program for the personal experience of the “swift and direct path” of Dzogchen.
Dzogchen affirms that we are all buddhas by nature—infinitely open, luminous, compassionate, wise, and free. This profound realization, say the teachings, cannot be understood intellectually or studied mentally, but it can be passed from teacher to student through the spoken word. With Natural Radiance, it is now possible to learn these time–honored practices as they have been shared for centuries—through direct transmission from an accomplished master of the tradition.
Join Lama Surya Das as your trusted guide to help you awaken to the sky-like nature of mind—what is known in Tibetan as rigpa, or total and pure presence. “This is the time of Dzogchen,” says Lama Surya Das, “when we most need this immediate teaching of the inherent perfection of being … the natural state of enlightenment.” Includes seven guided Dzogchen techniques.
Nirvana in a Nutshell offers 157 Zen meditations to help you discover what you might be doing (or not doing) in your life to sabotage your goal of reaching inner peace, your own personal paradise. Let go of the quest and become that which you truly seek and you will find your own Nirvana.
Nirvana is the state of grace where there is no longer any physical suffering, mental anguish, or unanswered questions. Many assume that the only way to achieve that magical state is if they walk away from the world and enter "the spiritual path." But conflict is a part of life--any kind of life. If you allow your peace to be taken away from you by external occurrences or internal disharmony then you will never know contentment. Peace is an inner triumph.
Nirvana is not known, because it has been propagated as the ultimate obtainment. It has been made a desire. But, as Siddhartha Guatama stated, "The cause of suffering is desire." Scott Shaw contends that people are looking for contentment in all the wrong places.
When Jennifer Farley completed her training in an alternative healing modality, she had no idea how much it would change her life. The connection she felt with The Creator was strengthened beyond anything she learned and knew to exist. In April of 2009, she was asked to begin duties as one of many of The Creators transcriptionists. Since then, she has received messages of unconditional love, caring, and most of all, hope. The messages and lessons here are for you, the searcher and awakening soul, so that you may also connect to the greatest teacher of all time.